Hope for Leeds United as West Ham reportedly consider loaning new striker Ashley Fletcher

Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for Barnsley

West Ham are set to seal the signing of Manchester United's Ashley Fletcher.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for BarnsleyAshley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for Barnsley

Ashley Fletcher is set to complete a surprise move from Manchester United to West Ham today, claim The Mail.

It is claimed Fletcher has agreed a four-year contract with the Hammers, but could be loaned out.

Fletcher is a free agent, having rejected Manchester United's offer of a contract extension.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the first goal for BarnsleyAshley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the first goal for Barnsley

It is claimed he sees a quicker path to the first team at West Ham rather than at Manchester United.

Despite this, The Mail claim West Ham are open to sending Fletcher out on loan for the season.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the first goal for BarnsleyAshley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the first goal for Barnsley

This provides hope for Championship side Leeds United, who the Yorkshire Evening Post reported were optimistic of signing, either on loan or permanently.

The Mail report Leeds are, along with Barnsley, Wolves, Bristol City and Bradford, all keen on the striker and would be be open to a loan deal.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West HamDiafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

West Ham currently have Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho up front, although the latter could be sold.

They have also made big bigs for strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi this summer, and another big name coming in would increase Fletcher's chances of being sent out on loan.

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